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  • 1. Stone Creek You are welcomewww.rossvillechurch.com781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 December 30, 2012 1
  • 2. 1 Samuel 28Saul has come to the witch of Endor to seek to hear from Samuel about the coming war. Samuel is dead! Saul is desperate. God is silent unto Saul. Maybe He will speak thru Samuel. 2
  • 3. 1 Samuel 28:9 And the woman [the witch] said unto him(Saul), Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done,how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits,and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore thenlayest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, Asthe LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happento thee for this thing. 3
  • 4. 11 Then said the woman,Whom shall I bring upunto thee? And he said,Bring me up Samuel.12 And when the womansaw Samuel, she cried witha loud voice: and the She is shocked!woman spake to Saul, She didn’t expectsaying, Why hast thou Samuel to actuallydeceived me? for thou art appear.Saul. 4
  • 5. 13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: forwhat sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul,I saw gods ascending out of the earth. She knew she was a fraud. But Samuel was real.God had done what her magic could not. 5
  • 6. 14 And he said unto her, Whatform is he of? And she said,An old man cometh up; andhe is covered with a mantle.And Saul perceived that itwas Samuel, and he stooped Some still won’t.with his face to the ground,and bowed himself. Stubborn Pride If Saul had been this humble and submissive all his life, he wouldn’t be in trouble now. People often wake up after trouble comes. 6
  • 7. 15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thoudisquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered,I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make waragainst me, and God is departed from me, andanswereth me no more, neither by prophets, norby dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thoumayest make known unto me what I shall do. When Samuel was alive, Saul ignored everything that he said. Now Saul is in trouble, and he wants help. What I shall do = “How can I win?” 7
  • 8. 16 Then said Samuel, Whereforethen dost thou ask of me, seeingthe LORD is departed from thee,and is become thine enemy?17 And the LORD hath done tohim (you), as He spake by me:for the LORD hath rent (torn)the kingdom out of thine hand,and given it to thy neighbor,even to David: Why? 8
  • 9. 18 Because thou obeyedst not the Voice of theLORD, nor executedst His fierce Wrath uponAmalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thingunto thee this day.Disobedience This happened many years before, but God is fulfilling His Word in Saul’s life. People sin, thinking the consequences will be shortlived and bearable. Not so! 9
  • 10. 19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel withthee into the hand of the Philistines: and tomorrowshalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD alsoshall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of thePhilistines. Saul is taking others with him. Israel will be defeated by the Philistines. Saul’s sons will die with him. Not the words Saul wanted to hear. 10
  • 11. 20 Then Saul fellstraightway all along on theearth, and was sore afraid,because of the words ofSamuel: and there was nostrength in him; for he hadeaten no bread all the day, Saul is weak withnor all the night. fear and hunger. This night has not gone well. 11
  • 12. 21 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that hewas sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thinehandmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have putmy life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thywords which thou spakest unto me. 22 Now there-fore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voiceof thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of breadbefore thee; and eat, that thou mayest havestrength, when thou goest on thy way. If we don’t take care of our bodies, they will fail us. 12
  • 13. 23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But hisservants, together with the woman, compelled him;and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arosefrom the earth, and sat upon the bed. 24 And thewoman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted,and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, anddid bake unleavened bread thereof: 25 And shebrought it before Saul, and before his servants; andthey did eat. Then they rose up, and went away thatnight. 13
  • 14. Saul is afraid, but he does not repent.Repentance requires humility.Saul has been prideful and stubborn all his years as a king. He will not humble himself now.Don’t be stubborn; it’s sin. 14
  • 15. God puts His people through hard trials to test us, but primarily to humble us. Deut 8:2, 16 Pride demands and pushes until it gets its way. The end result of that is trouble. 15
  • 16. To seek what we want or need from any source other than God is sin and will not end well.Proverbs 3 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In allthy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall directthy paths. Trust God enough! Live life God’s Way -- every day, in every situation. You really don’t have a better idea. 16
  • 17. Psalm 34 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that areof a broken heart; and saveth such as be of acontrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of therighteous: but the LORD delivereth him out ofthem all.Humility and true repentance touch The Lord’s heart. Stubborn pride and arrogance stir His Anger. Be very careful! Love does not demand its own way. Pride does. 17
  • 18. Psalm 37 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; soshalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shaltbe fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and Heshall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Committhy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and Heshall bring it to pass. Trust, delight, commit The Lord. 18